Telangana hikes quota for Muslims, BJP protests

BJP MLA G Kishan Reddy, however, alleged that the reservations were “pucca religion-based”.

Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Published:April 17, 2017 4:10 am

The Telangana House on Sunday passed a Bill increasing the quota in jobs and education for Muslims from 4 per cent to 12 per cent, as promised by the Telangana Rashtra Samithi in its 2014 election campaign. The Bill — which also increased the quota for Scheduled Tribes from 6 per cent to 10 per cent — was passed unanimously in a special session of the Assembly from which the BJP’s five MLAs were suspended after they tried to stall proceedings protesting the ruling party’s “communal” politics.

All other Opposition members supported the Backward Class, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes Reservation Bill, 2017. The Bill, which proposes to raise the quota ceiling in the state from 50 per cent to 62 per cent, was subsequently debated and passed by the Legislative Council late in the evening.

It will now be sent to the President for his assent, with a request to include it in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution, as was done when Tamil Nadu breached the 50 per cent ceiling.

The decision to raise quotas for socially and economically backward Muslims under the Backward Classes (E) category and for STs was taken on the basis of recommendations made by the BC Commission headed by B S Ramulu, sources said. Ramulu met Chief Minister K Chandrasekhara Rao earlier this week to submit the Commission’s report.

During the Assembly session in March, the CM had said that after passing the quota Bills, Telangana would request the Centre to allow the Bill to be included in the Ninth Schedule to give it legal protection. Under Article 31B, introduced in the Constitution by the First Amendment in 1951, laws placed in the Ninth Schedule are immune from judicial review. However, in 2007, a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court held that there could be no blanket immunity for laws included in the Ninth Schedule, and set 1973 as the cut-off year.

The Telangana Assembly was adjourned sine dine on March 28. As the Assembly session was not prorogued by the Governor, it was within the Speaker’s power to summon the House again.

“The poorer sections of Muslims have already been getting 4 per cent reservation under the Backward Classes (E) category. After the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, population percentage of Muslims in Telangana has shot up and 90 per cent of them are poor and socially backward. Hence, we have decided to increase reservation for them treating them as OBC,” the Chief Minister told the Assembly.

BJP MLA G Kishan Reddy, however, alleged that the reservations were “pucca religion-based”. “Enhancement of reservation to the Muslims up to 12 per cent is nothing but violation of the Constitution. These reservations were pucca religion-based,” he said.

Islam, Kishan Reddy said, was against discrimination, and warned that the government’s “vote bank politics” would be a “historic mistake”. “The BCs will be meted out injustice in case Muslim reservations are implemented.”

Kishan Reddy clarified that the BJP was extending full support to the increase in the quota for STs.

With PTI

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  1. A
    Apr 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm
    It show that BJP is enemy of Muslims. Any thing for development of Muslims is wrong but spending millions on cows is right. Shame haters.
    1. R
      Apr 18, 2017 at 5:37 am
      India is not a Muslim Country - if you clowns don't like it you know where you can go . And it doesn't cost "millions" to shut down butcher shops or enforce the laws of the land. Be grateful you can still eat chicken and lamb and whatnot. Whinny little ingrates can go live in Saudi Arabia if you want.
    2. I
      Apr 17, 2017 at 5:24 pm
      If INDIA, PA-KI-ST-AN and BANGLADESH which were all INDIA till 1947, it will become evident that MU-SLIMs who were INDIAN MU-SLIMS will enjoy 212 per-cent reservation while REST of INDIANS will have to manage with only 88 per-cent. .... President, VP, PM, CMs, Chief Justice, Army Chief, MPs, other Govt Officials in PAK & BANGLA are 100 per-cent MU-SLIMS who were INDIAN MU-SLIMS till 1947. ..................... So those MU-SLIMS who sta back in India in 1947 wanting reservation should migrate to PAK or BANGLA.
      1. M
        Apr 17, 2017 at 4:24 pm
        What respect do politicians give to SC's ruling that reservation should not exceed 50 ?This is just votebank politics.Can anybody deny ' socially backward' in the present world.Certainly this hike is not going to get jobs for the intended community as there is hardly any recruitment in govt. sector these days.
        1. L
          Apr 17, 2017 at 4:15 pm
          first remove undeclared reservations of brahmnists 388 in SC HC IB RAW ED NIA which they enjoying from centuries - ask them to clean gutters do manual scavenging , build roads buildings work in farms by leaving priest post boring actors posts and loser criketers
          1. R
            Apr 18, 2017 at 5:40 am
            Firstly SC, HC, IB, RAW etc are not there for "centuries" and the reason reservation exists today is because of the centuries of discrimination against SCs and to help those people who have been discriminated against for centuries to get opportunities to develop. Not for Muslims who were working for the Mughals and the British to claim they are also "weakened section".
          2. G
            Apr 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm
            In a secular country why special reservation for Muslims? What about 25 BPL citizens who are the real minorities irrespective of caste, creed and religion. This is an illiberal unsecular, devious selfish and stupid policy of Telangana government. Where is equal treatment in reservations? Why can't a general increase be given under BC quota rather than based on religion which is not secular for me at least.
            1. U
              Apr 17, 2017 at 2:45 pm
              If reservations be given, it should be based on economical back ground and not religion or community based. Yes, it is the politicians for hungry of power are dividing the Indian citizens. Shed them in the next election, why no protest based on this unjustified step of this moron?
              1. H
                Apr 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                1. M
                  Apr 17, 2017 at 1:24 pm
                  Wake up , the rest of the po tion! This is so unfair! Wake up against this injustice ! U didn't have the guts all these years, it's time now! Stop and say no to bring treated like second cl citizens in your land! Good the politicians sympathise, they should distribute their family wealth, not national wealth eligible to all. Stop this injustice! Rise against these crooked politicians who are selling and dividing ur country. It's time and it's now!
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